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  • NGINA 2017 Award Winners

    The Nursery and Garden community's top organisations and outstanding individuals gathered together at Hawkesbury racecourse Friday night the 25th November to celebrate the annual NGINA (Nursery and Garden Industry NSW & ACT) Awards.

    The awards consisted of a range of awards from the NGINA Awards of Honour, the NGI Industry awards for best businesses based on the National Awards criteria and finally our popular Members Choice Awards. With a record number of nominations for the Members Choice Awards the winners were voted on from a competitive field of entrants, all of whom demonstrate that they run excellent businesses.

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  • 202020 Vision Announced As Winner: Banksia Sustainability Awards

    Australia's largest network of organisations and individuals working towards increased and improved urban green space, the 202020 Vision has been announced as a winner at the highly regarded Banksia Sustainability Awards within the Sustainable Cities category.

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  • NGI Structure Review Released

    Please find below a joint release from the Nursery & Garden Industry network following the joint meeting on the Structure Review on the 14th November.

    As pointed out in the release all States and Territories accept that change is required but it must also be noted that there was insufficient detail to make a final decision on the recommended structure. It was agreed at the meeting that more work was required to perform financial modelling and work out the finer detail on some of the still contentious issues.

    A number of states still have some reservations on the proposed structure and until the detail is provided will not fully endorse the recommended structure.

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  • 202020 Vision Announced As Finalist: Banksia Sustainability Awards

    Australia's largest network of organisations and individuals working towards increased and improved urban green space, the 202020 Vision has been announced as a finalist in the highly regarded Banksia Sustainability Awards within the Sustainable Cities category.

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  • Structure Review report due for release this month

    Following the conclusion of last months workshop into the review of the structure of the nursery and garden industry in Australia, the Structure Review Committee have been busy attending to the finalisation of their report.

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  • Fusion Showcase 2016 Awards

    Whilst the number of entries for Fusion was not high the quality of the entries was and it was a close points decision to separate out the winners of greenlife and non greenlife.

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  • Nominations for NGINA Board Of Directors

    We wish to advise that a number of Director Positions are up for election this year. Brian Merrick and Ian Rogan's two-year terms have expired and they have offered to stand again for re-election. We also wish to advise that Doug Shelton and Maree Curran have served their full term as Directors of the NGINA Board, which will conclude at our AGM on 25th November 2016

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  • Consultation Phase Concludes In Industry Structure Review Process

    The formal consultation phase for the review into the association structure of the nursery and garden industry in Australia has concluded.

    Since May this year the Structure Review Committee (SRC) has comprehensively sought input from all industry stakeholders around the country.

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  • Better Homes & Gardens Live 16-18 September

    This year we have worked again with Matt Carroll and negotiated some prime space in a pavilion at REDUCED prices for the Nursery Industry so get on board and get involved with this show that can increase your exposure and also sell a lot of plants over a few days from 16th to 18th September.

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  • Changes to Smart and Skilled

    In a recent Smart and Skilled policy decision (June 24th 2016) the Department of Industry is now making available apprenticeship only qualifications as full institution based qualifications.

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  • JBWere Market Insights - Brexit

    A Messy Break-up

    The Brexit result caught financial markets, pollsters and odds-makers by surprise. Either way, we see the outcome as irreversible. We believe the 1.3 million vote win to “Leave” is comprehensive enough to ensure politicians (who overwhelmingly supported “Remain”) feel compelled to implement Brexit.

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  • 2016 NGIA Structure Review

    Industry consultation continues with stakeholder meetings scheduled for June

    The review into the association structure of the nursery and garden industry in Australia is well underway with the Structure Review Committee (SRC) visiting Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory in May. During this time, they attended five stakeholder consultation meetings and met with two association Boards.


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  • One Million Plants and Counting: Alstonville Industry Heavyweight Formally Opens

    Award winning Alpine Nurseries Alstonville was formally opened on the 25th of May 2016 with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith.

    The event commenced with a welcome by Managing Director, Peter Knox, followed by a comprehensive tour of the site, allowing more than 80 visitors to come behind the scenes and witness the workings of a large-scale, 21st century wholesale nursery.

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  • NGINA Investment Matters

    It appears that there is some confusion in regards to the status of the funds that have been invested from the sale of the property so I thought I would take this opportunity to address some of the queries raised.

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  • Nursery and Garden Industry Future Structure Committee Announced

    Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Limited (NGIA) President, Mike Mehigan, announced at the recent National Conference in Adelaide the formation of a special committee to conduct a broad ranging review of the current structure of the NGI’s and make recommendations for the future.

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  • New mite species found in hazelnut orchards

    The hazelnut mite (Tetranycopsis horridus) has been recently detected in Victoria's north east and within the Dandenong Ranges. This is the first time the pest has been detected in Australia.

    Overseas the species has a broad geographic distribution that includes Europe (from Spain to western Russia), China, and the United States of America. Hazelnut mites have been reported as destructive to some economic crops.

    The mites feed on hazelnut leaves causing discoloration. The main host is hazelnut, but it has been reported on other species including walnut, spruce, pine, and yarrow.

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  • NRM on Farms Newsletter February 2016

    El Nino is on the decline, and warm ocean temperatures in the Indian Ocean and off southern Australia are likely to increase moisture in weather systems across southern Australia. As a result the NSW three month outlook is for cooler and wetter weather than usual at this time of year.

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  • NSW DPI Plant Quarantine Manual Released

    This publication is a summary of the import conditions for plants, plant products and other specified (regulated) items entering into or moving within New South Wales (NSW).

    The conditions described under each section are established under subordinate legislation of the New South Wales Plant Diseases Act 1924 No.38 (the Act) and regulate the importation of plants, plant products and other specified items on account of a pest or disease of concern to NSW.

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  • NSW & ACT Finest Unveiled at NGINA Awards Night

    Lots of hard work payed off for businesses and key individuals at NGINA's prestigious Garden Industry awards night. Top nurseries and garden centres were hailed for their commitment to the industry and the community. In a relaxed presentation ceremony at Dural Country Club on the 20th of November excellence in business was recognised and honoured as nursery and garden industry leaders strive to achieve best business practice.

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  • NGINA 2014-2015 Annual Report Now Available

    Interested in how your association has been performing, read more in our 2014-2015 Annual Report which includes: President & CEO Reports, Detail on the NGINA Board of Directors, the NGINA Team and the NGINA Council. We have also included a briefing to Hon Niall Blair Minister for Primary Industries, reports on major events and the NGINA Financial Statements.

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  • NGINA Board Nominations Needed!

    We wish to advise that a number of Director positions are up for election this year. Scott Boyle's two-year term has expired and he has offered to stand again for re-election. We also wish to advise that Cheryl Saliba (nee Hajje) (four years) will not be re-standing for re-election so her term as Director of the NGINA Board, will conclude at our AGM on 20th November 2015

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  • 2015 Fusion Showcase Awards Announced at Trade Day Expo Sydney

    Every year the Nursery & Garden Industry NSW & ACT look recognise the best new innovations to the industry with our Fusion Showcase awards.

    Fusion is the most important showcase at which to review products NEW to 2015, released from May 2014- August 2015. Winning entries demonstrated innovation, performance, excitement and appeal.

    This year Fusion Showcase was hosted at the inaugural Trade Day Expo Sydney on the 1st of September. We saw some great winning entries.

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  • Nursery & Garden Awards Recognise The Best Businesses In 2016

    Entries for the 2016 Nursery & Garden Awards open 1 August 2015, kicking off the 22nd year of acknowledging the leading businesses in our industry.

    The National Winners will be announced at the Nursery & Garden Awards Gala Dinner, the pinnacle function of the 2016 Nursery & Garden Industry National Conference & Exhibition on Wednesday 17 February 2016. The Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia from 15- 17 February 2016.

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  • Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

    Businesses who engage contractor drivers to perform long distance or supermarket delivery work, and those businesses who participate in the supply chain (whether as a consignor, consignee or intermediary) should take note of these developments.

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  • Important Industry Survey

    We ask that you help US to help YOU build our industry's profile within government by completing one of the surveys listed here:


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  • 2016 Irrigation Australia Conference and Exhibition

    The 2016 Irrigation Australia Conference and Exhibition is to be held between the 24 – 26 May at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Victoria, Australia.

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  • HIA Ltd Update

    The process of implementing Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) is well and truly underway and remains on schedule to be completed by the end of December 2015.

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  • VET Reform Update - Key Information

    As the recently appointed Assistant Minister for Education and Training, I am increasing the Australian Government’s focus on skills, vocational education and training, puttingtrades and vocational education at the centre of our economic plan and ensuring Australian workers are highly skilled and job-ready.

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  • garden RELEAF weekend is coming up on March 7-8, 2015

    garden RELEAF weekend, which will be held on the weekend of March 7-8, 2015, will see Independent Garden Centres around Australia running fun and informative events to encourage people to get into the garden and get planting. As gardening is good for both physical and mental health, the weekend will also be raising funds to support beyondblue, so it will be a weekend themed around ‘something blue’.

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  • State of the States 2015

    How are Australia's states and territories performing? Each quarter CommSec attempts to find out by analysing eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment; construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements.

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  • Industry Update - Important changes

    I am writing to update you on some important changes that will impact our industry in the coming months.
    In 2014 the Government received the outcomes from a review into Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), the Research and Development Corporation that was responsible for the expenditure of all Horticultural levies, one of which was the Nursery Levy. The Government acted on this review and established a new body, Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) which will be grower owned. HIA will be contacting all growers involved in the horticultural industries to explain their activities and to seek applications for membership.

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  • Industry Consultation Meeting with HIA 20-21st January

    As is usual practice the National and State NGI's met in Sydney to discuss the industry status. This was particularly timely as last year's announcement of the demise of HAL (Horticulture Australia Limited) and its replacement HIA (Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited).

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  • Cobra Lily Nursery Working Bee

    Many members would have heard of the devastation that was caused at Cobra Lily Nursery over the Christmas period. An unscrupulous person entered the nursery and sprayed what appeared to be herbicide over entire areas of the nursery. Police have been involved and the investigation is continuing.

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  • National finalists announced for the 2015 Nursery & Garden Awards

    In the twenty-first year of the Nursery & Garden Awards, entrants have incorporated into their submissions a response which aligned to international criteria and participation in a sustainable judging process

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  • Cucumber Mottle Mosaic Virus (PUB14 287)

    An incursion of the plant disease Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) was reported in a watermelon crop in the Northern Territory in late October 2014. Since then several melon farms in the Darwin and Katherine area have been confirmed as having CGMMV.

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  • Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Announces Resignation of CEO Robert Prince

    NGIA wishes to advise that Robert Prince has resigned his position as CEO effective 30 June 2015.


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  • New Board elected at NGIA Annual General Meeting

    The new Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) Board was elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Sydney on Tuesday 25 November 2014.

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  • NSW Agriculture - Primed For Future Growth

    NSW Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, and Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, last night released the highly anticipated NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's Agriculture Industry Action Plan - a strategic roadmap to ensure the continued growth of the State's $12 billion primary industries sector.

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  • The Weber Family assumes full control of Ramm Botanicals

    An amicable arrangement between the owners of Ramm Botanicals will see the Weber Family assume 100% ownership of the business.

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  • Blueberry Rust Update

    A recent detection of blueberry rust (Thekopsora minima) was made in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

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  • 'Dirty Ideas' Garden Attracts Thousands at Australian Garden Show

    This year NGINA presented a feature garden called '˜Dirty Ideas for Everyday Gardens', the driving idea behind this garden was to provide inspiration for gardeners. In whatever space you have, there are exciting and interesting ways to bring greenery, flowers, herbs and veggies into your life.

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  • Valuing Trees: What Is Nature Worth?

    Planet Ark’s Valuing Trees - What is Nature Worth? report focuses on the value of nature. It explores the financial, environmental, social, and health and wellbeing benefits of having trees, plants and other natural elements in the workplace, at home, in the community and at school.

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  • Have Your Say on the Effectiveness and Efficient of Weed Management Arrangements in NSW

    The NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson has requested the NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to undertake an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of weed management arrangements in NSW with a view to inform the further development of the proposed NSW Biosecurity Act, and other relevant strategies under the NSW Biosecurity Strategy.

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  • Notice of Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the members of the Nursery and Garden Industry NSW & ACT will be held at;

    Hornsby RSL, Boronia Room
    4 High Street, Hornsby

    Download the Annual Report here

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  • DANGER - Legionella season is here

    Legionella and legionellosis

    When your staff and customers handle garden soils, compost and potting mixes there is a potential risk of contracting legionellosis, or Legionnaires’ Disease.

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  • NGINA Garden Scoops the Pool at Inaugural Garden Show

    AGSS Show Garden - Suspended Winner of Best in Show

    Brendan Moar’s first attempt at designing and building a Show Garden, won him a Gold award and the prestigious Best in Show award at the Australian Garden Show Sydney in Centennial Park.

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  • United Nations World Environment Day Awards - Cameron's Nursery Winners

    United Nations World Environment Day Awards - Cameron's Nursery Winners

    United Nations Association of Australia held their annual awards night on Friday 7th June. 

    "Innovative program's to preserve the natural habitat, limit food waste, build bridges between architecture and the environment and encourage young individuals to take charge of their surroundings have won the nation's top environment awards."

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  • Sarah Peacock awarded National Young Leader Award 2013

    Gary Eyles presenting the award to Sarah Peacock    The opportunity was taken to officially present the National Young Leader Award at the GES 2013 social evening.

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  • Nursery & Garden Industry Association supports Ministry of Health Legionella guidelines

    When your staff and customers handle garden soils, compost and potting mixes there is a potential risk of contracting legionellosis, or Legionnaires Disease. Legionellosis is a respiratory (lung) infection, caused by the Legionella bacteria. The severity of legionellosis can range from a relatively mild respiratory non-pneumonic illness (Pontiac fever) to pneumonia (Legionnaires disease) which if left untreated may be fatal.

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  • NGIA Board Re-Elected at AGM

    A key challenge for the nursery and garden industry is to ensure that members have the resources to grow their businesses says the re-elected Board of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA).

    There were no changes to the Board at NGIAs Annual General Meeting held on November 27, 2012.

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  • HAL Young Leader Award goes to nurseryman

    Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) congratulates Daniel Mansfield from Mansfields Propagation Nursery in Victoria for winning Horticulture Australia Ltds Young Leader Award for 2012, announced this week.

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  • National regulator changes label instructions for the use of fenthion

    The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has issued new instructions that restrict the use of fenthion on a number of food crops due to potential short term dietary risks.

    The announcement follows the release of the 2012 Fenthion Residues and Dietary Risk Assessment Report in September which found that its use on many crops could exceed the recommended public health standard.

    New label instructions reduce the amount of fenthion that can be used on some crops, and prohibit its use on specific fruits and vegetables, which mitigates the potential health risks identified in the residues report.

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  • Nursery leads the way in saving water

    Local Hills District nursery, Camerons Nursery, has been named the winner of the Business Category (small) in the national 2012 savewater! awards for installing a water and drainage as well as constructing a storage tank that has allowed the nursery to save an incredible 80% of potable water usage.

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  • Businesses targeted for the new nursery industry market research

    Invitation packs have been sent to an identified target list of businesses to encourage their participation in the new Nursery Industry Market Research program.

    The Industry Reference Group, with the assistance of the State Associations, has worked to establish a statistically relevant group of businesses across the greenlife, allied and growing media sectors to ensure credibility of the data collection and usefulness of reported data. Around 300 businesses across the country have been identified and their contribution to the project is critical to its success.

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  • Have your input on the development of the proposed Australian Standard for Specifying Trees

    NGIA is calling for all growers to have their say on the development of a proposed Australian Standard for Specifying Trees. The proposed standard concerns trees that are grown in production nurseries and supplied for general use in landscape situations. The aim of the Standard is to lift the quality of trees produced in Australia to minimise the degree of failure of newly planted trees in landscape situations.

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  • How will the carbon price affect farming?

    Like climate, the carbon price is a reality that producers will have to manage, but it also sets up new opportunities. By raising efficiency, using clean energy, and tapping into new sources of funding the smart operators will find the carbon-constrained world one in which they can diversify, lift productivity, and maximize profits.

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  • Australia's nursery and garden industry supports National Urban Forest Alliance

    Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) has become a Platinum Partner of the National Urban Forest Alliance, which has been formed to promote the growth and recognition of the urban forests in Australian cities and regional centres.

    The CEO for NGIA, Mr Robert Prince says the industry supported the formation of the Alliance, which brings together stakeholders with an interest in urban forest policy, planning, measurement and promotion.

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  • Nusery & Garden Indusrty Market Research

    Momentum is building behind the new nursery industry market research project. The success of this project is paramount to ensuring the successful implementation of industry strategic planning.

    This ambitious project seeks the support of all industry greenlife producers, allied traders and growing media suppliers in the collection of monthly industry statistics. With input into the project extending to producers and suppliers to primary industry, forestry and more, this project is the largest of its kind seen by the nursery industry.

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  • New training module emphasizes rapid reporting of suspicious plant pests

    A new online biosecurity training module released by Plant Health Australia (PHA) is improving Australias preparedness for new plant pests, by raising awareness of the reporting requirements in any suspected incursion.

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  • Changes to the NSW Noxious Weed Act in 1993

    In NSW there has been some movement on the Noxious Weed Act 1993 with the Act being amended by two pieces of recent NSW legislation - the first being the Noxious Weeds Amendment Bill 2012 and the second via general strengthening of Biosecurity in NSW under Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Bill 2012.

    In 2011, the NGINA provided a submission to NSW DPI regarding an issues paper proposing changes to the Noxious Weed Act 1993. These issues were not seen as an impediment or increased regulation for industry and feedback was provided on behalf of industry to support improved prevention, control and management of noxious weeds in NSW.

    As for weeds the changes to the Noxious Weed Act 1993, they are only fairly minor and there does not appear to be anything that should really adversely impact the nursery industry at this stage.

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  • Primary Industries Legislation Amendment (Biosecurity) Bill 2012

    The NSW Government has passed legislation to give new powers to manage the movement of plants and animals and undertake additional disease monitoring and surveillance. The intent is to protect the NSW Primary Industries sector and the environment for pests and diseases.

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  • Plants for Green Roofs and Green Walls

    A report on living wall and green roof plants for Australia
    relevant to growers, landscape architects and anyone looking at providing plants or information to clients.

    For anyone with an interest in green roofs and living walls this report provides knowledge of plant selection for Australias challenging climate. The many environmental, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure have resulted in its increasing adoption, however, a lack of proven plant species suited to Australian conditions has deterred growth of the industry in this country. For more information download the RIRDC report.

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  • Pest Alert - Myrtle Rust

    Myrtle Rust Management Plan
    Myrtle rust disease pressure was known to exist within the natural environment across the east coast of NSW and Queensland and as far south as the Shoalhaven region in NSW and as far north as Cairns Queensland. The positive news is that the disease is yet to establish in drier climatic regions such as the ACT and western/inland regions on NSW.
    There is a lot which still needs to be done to understand how we can reduce the impact of Myrtle rust to the industry, individual businesses and the environment across Australia.

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  • Environmental Sustainability

    The importance of Environmental Sustainability.  Read more

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  • NGINA Strategic Plan

    Challenges in the months ahead.

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